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24 April 2014

An historical day as Cornwall gains 'national minority' status

As of today when you embark on a vacation to stay in our Cornwall holiday cottages you will effectively be taking a trip abroad. This comes as Cornish people are to be granted minority status under European rules, which will give them the same protection that other Celtic communities including the Scots, Welsh and Irish enjoy.

The Government has officially agreed to recognise the Cornish as a “national minority”.

The Duchy was included in the submission from ministers to update a European convention designed in order to protect diversity.

The Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities was implemented by the UK government some sixteen years ago. But when ethnic minority communities along with the Irish, Scots, and Welsh were included, the Cornish did not gain the same status.

Campaigners in support of the move have maintained that recognition as a “national minority” would help preserve Cornwall’s culture and identity for future generations to come. They reasoned that since Cornwall is a Celtic nation it should be afforded a similar status to that of Scotland and Wales.

Back in 2011 some 84,000 people acknowledged themselves Cornish in the Census. Additionally dual language street signs are increasingly common.

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